Everyone wants a picture-perfect wedding, and with so many aspects to consider, planning a wedding is a marathon. One of the most important elements of any good party is the food. When choosing someone to do your wedding catering, it helps to have an idea of what kind of food you’d like to have on your big day. There are a lot of options out there but read on for some ideas to get the ball rolling when deciding what food to serve your guests! 

Elegant Hors d’Oeuvres 

Depending on what kind of wedding you’re having, sometimes tasty snacks work better than a full meal. This is especially true if your wedding is taking place outside of a typical mealtime. Guests can mix and mingle during your cocktail hour and reception while enjoying a variety of small plates. Here are some ideas of things you could serve:

  • Meatballs with a variety of sauces
  • Shrimp cocktail — always an elegant choice!
  • Bruschetta
  • Crostinis with various toppings (e.g., cream cheese, brie, smoked salmon, and prosciutto)

These are just a few ideas; the possibilities are endless. Your guests will love getting to try several different bites throughout your party. If you want to go above and beyond, you could choose some specific cocktails to complement your food choices. 

Buffet-style Bars

Another great wedding food option is a self-serve buffet. You and your partner can choose a theme you love and provide a variety of dishes for guests to build their own plates. No need to have servers running around to serve each guest and everyone can eat according to their individual preferences. Read on for a few buffet themes to please every palate. 

Pasta Bar

An Italian pasta bar is a great buffet option for a wedding. Pasta dishes are hearty and satisfying, and they can be very cost-effective as well. Do you have vegetarians on your guest list? With a pasta bar, it is easy to cater to everyone’s needs without worry. Here are some great dishes to include on a delicious Italian-themed buffet:

  • A few varieties of pasta with sauce options like marinara, Alfredo, and vodka sauce
  • Eggplant parmesan
  • Grilled shrimp and chicken
  • Garlic bread

Taco Bar

Nothing says “party” quite like a taco bar! Suitable for nearly everyone’s tastes, this option is fun and satisfying, while maintaining a good amount of variety for your guests. Here are some fun ideas for items to include in your taco bar:

  • Tortillas and taco shells (corn tortillas are a great option for gluten-free guests)
  • Meat options (beef, chicken, and shrimp are crowd-pleasing choices)
  • Toppings like beans, sautéed veggies, corn, cheese, and sour cream
  • Corn chips with a few salsa options

Cajun Seafood Bar

If you have ever been to a good crawfish boil, you know Cajun food brings fun to any event. If you and your partner love seafood and some spice, a crawfish boil-style seafood bar might be the way to go for your wedding! Some great items to include are the following:

  • Boiled crawfish, shrimp, and mussels or clams
  • Corn on the cob
  • Andouille sausage
  • Boiled red potatoes
  • Gumbo

Sit-down Dinner

Traditionally, formal weddings have included a sit-down dinner. While there is a lot of fun to be had in bucking tradition, this one tends to stand the test of time. There is an element of sophistication that comes with serving your guests a full three-course meal, and doing so is sure to make your night one to remember. These dinners usually include a salad course, a main course, and a dessert. To make sure you accommodate all of your guests, you can provide a few options and let guests choose. Here are some fine dining–style main dish ideas:

  • Filet mignon and lobster tail
  • Chicken cordon bleu
  • Seared salmon filet
  • Wild mushroom risotto

Deciding on Wedding Catering

When it comes to the best food to serve at your wedding, the decision comes down to creating an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. When shopping for wedding catering, make sure to go with someone who can fulfill your vision. Whether you’re looking for finger foods or a full sit-down feast, the sky is the limit — so make it delicious!